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Hualālai: Our most recommended tours and activities

Big Island: Kona Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour

1. Big Island: Kona Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a true Hawaii experience with a premier helicopter adventure. You can explore all five volcanoes, hidden white and black sand beaches, lush waterfalls which cascade down 2,000-foot valley walls, breathtaking coastlines and 11 different climate zones. Hawaii is the largest of the islands, and thanks to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, it’s still growing. Upon departure from Kona Airport, you will fly over the world-famous Kona coffee district and the slopes of Hualālai and Mauna Loa. You can learn about the unique history, geology, and culture of the "big island" through a special two-way communication system that lets you ask questions and get to you know your pilot. Arriving over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll start the hunt for red-hot lava at Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano, and continue around the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Vent. In winter, you’ll see snow atop Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. You can also watch for the sun glinting off the handful of astronomical observatories positioned on Mauna Kea, where scientists have the best earthbound views of the universe. Afterwards, you will head toward toward East Hawaii’s lush rainforests and the incomparable Kohala valleys. The views here are so spectacular that even the pilots, who see them on a daily basis, often say this area is their favorite hidden gem to share with visitors and guests. Rounding out your trip, you’ll enjoy a birds-eye view of iconic beaches, including Hāpuna Beach and Kua Bay, consistently voted as some of the best beaches in the world.

Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

2. Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

Experience an adventure like no other on a rocky hike up the cool and misty lava-scaped slopes of Kona's own Hualalai Volcano. Enjoy exclusive access to this stunning mountain, which offers a bird's eye view of Kona's lava history. Your guide will take you off-road, through multiple locked gates and then by foot at a 6,500-foot elevation, where you will experience the surreal scene of black lava flows and native dryland forest. You will see firsthand the geologic forces which created the islands at the heart of Hualalai’s 1801 eruption, the Kaupulehu Crater. Travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations, walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a "lava tube".

Kailua-Kona: Catamaran Cruise with Hualālai Volcano Views

3. Kailua-Kona: Catamaran Cruise with Hualālai Volcano Views

Feel the wind in your hair as you sail along Hawaii's dynamic coast with this catamaran cruise from Kailua-Kona. Soak up some sun on the spacious deck or take in the views from the shaded seating area. Sail with a refreshing, chilled beverage in hand.  Check in at the activity provider's slip and hop aboard a comfortable ship in Honokohau Harbor. Feel the ocean breeze in your hair as you set sail past the western slopes of the Hualālai volcano. View where the volcano meets the ocean.  Watch turquoise waves crash upon the black lava rocks. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like sea birds and dolphins as you glide across the water. Relax aboard a ship that is maintained to the highest safety standards.  Snap pictures of the sweeping shoreline to share with your friends and family back home. Enjoy the good weather that this section of the island typically experiences. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

4. Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

See the immense beauty of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Depart from Kona International Airport for a helicopter tour over the Kona coffee district and towards Kohala. Explore the mountains with a special landing after skirting 3 towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. Venture into the area surrounding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hunt out any current lava activity and see historic flows frozen in time. Sweep north to Hilo town and the lush rainforests of the east. Notice how the windward side of the island is transformed by the water caught by the mountains. Next, disembark deep in Kohala and walk the same fertile valleys that Hawaii’s King Kamehameha the Great did as a child. Learn about local legends, culture, and diverse wildlife in an area normally only accessible by hours of hiking. After exploring on the ground, take to the air again to view the drastic landscape change from windward to leeward, and see world-famous white-sand beaches and resorts on the route back to Kona.

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What people are saying about Hualālai

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

There’s not many words to describe this adventure..... This was a privilege and breathtaking at each turn!! The guide was awesome, knowledgeable, and you knew that Mark cared about the adventure he was taking you on. Must experience.

John was great. Funny and informative and allowed for breaks to catch your breath. The hike isn’t a simple stroll but as an ex-smoker who doesn’t exercise, it was achievable and so glad we did it!

Excellent experience with priceless views. However you need to be in good physical condition and not too petrified by heights.